Monday, January 22, 2018

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one.”
John 13: 34-35

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40

Think of all the possible personality traits that we inherit, and then add to that all of our life experiences and how they affect our behavior and our personality and you'll end up with an unfathomable number of combinations to make so many different types of people. Yet Jesus called us to love one another. but more than that to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Think about that and let it really sink in. He said it was the greatest commandment. There are so many different facets to a person. While growing up my Mom told me to pick out the characteristics we like best about a person, and concentrate on those. Just shove the less lovable traits to the back burner. Pretty wise advice wasn't it?  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Relief From Unbelief

Oh Lord, at times our belief Alters. Please give us relief from our unbelief. Even in the midst of life's struggles, help us to remain steadfast in our belief that Jesus is the resurrection, and the life. Those who believe in Him will live even though they die. And whoever lives by believing in Him will never die. In Jesus name we pray amen.

Book of Hours Raising of Lazarus Walters Manuscript fol. by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts.
The raising of Lazarus.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Finding I Am by Lysa TerKeurst

  • The first video session as an introduction to the series.
  • Then each week in your personal study time you will study one, or sometimes two, I AM statements
  • And then in the video following your week of study, the author, Lysa, will unpack the I AM statements you just studied that week.

This was an intentional format because Lysa wants us to study the I AM statement for ourselves, dig into Scripture on our own about each one, before she gives us her thought on the subject.

You will have four days of personal study each week with an optional fifth day. That optional fifth day is just that, optional - don't feel like you have to do it. It's only if you want to take the study to the next level.

We will be looking at many passages in the Gospel of Joh, but we won't be stydying the whole book. What the optional fifth day of personal study will do is walk y ou through the entire Gospel of John a few chapters at a time.

Nov. 16 Session 1 Video Intro. and discussion questions on p. 10-11
personal study: read Bread, p. 13-37 for the next session

Nov. 30 Session 2 Video and discussion on Bread p. 38-39
personal study: read Light p. 41-65 for the next session

Dec. 7 Session 3 Video and discussion on Light p 66-67
personal study: read Gate p. 68-99 for the next session

Dec. 14 Christmas Gathering at Trish's house 11:30. Bring a salad or sandwich, drinks and dessert provided. Chinese Gift Exchange - bring a dish towel limit $10.00

Jan. 4 Session 4 Video and discussion on Gate p. 100-101
(Wendy) personal study: read Life p. 102-131 for the next session

Jan. 11 Session 5 Video and discussion on Life p. 132-133
personal study: read Vine p. 134-157

Jan. 18 Session 6 Video and discussion on Vine p. 158-159

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Gathering!

Thursday, Dec. 14   Christmas Gathering at Trish's house 11:30. 
Bring a salad or sandwich, drinks and dessert provided. 
Chinese Gift Exchange -  dish towel limit $10.00

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lesson Three

Paranormal: The New Normal

  • The purpose of this lesson is to make us aware of how demons work in our lives and in the world so that we can avoid giving them a foothold.
  • Two errors about the Devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
  • The Paranormal is attractive and has become normal in our society
  • The Paranormal teaches of faults gospel, makes promises you cannot keep and will always bring people into bondage and confusion. 
  • Satan masquerades as an angel of Light
  • Only Jesus Christ can set us free. Only in Jesus can we know the purpose for our lives. Only in Jesus can we experience lasting peace. And only in Jesus can we truly know the truth
The Occult:
  • Occult divination claims to predict the future
  • Spiritualism seeks to communicate with the Dead (Believers are warned not to tolerate mediums and spiritualists. God condemn Saul for Consulting a witch. God speaks of the foolishness of Consulting mediums and the dead when we serve a living God.)
  • Satanism glorifies evil. Satanists worship Satan as their lord and live their lives openly opposed to Christianity

  • Scripture tells us demons can cause illness, Agony, loss of the ability to speak, and pain.
  • As Spiritual Beings demons are intelligent, vicious, unclean, with power to afflict men with physical hurt, and moral and spiritual contamination.
  • New Testament writers continually affirmed both that demons exist and that they are active in the world James 2:19, Luke 9:42, Matthew 25:41.
  • Daniel 10:13 and 10:20, demonic intervention delayed an answer for Daniel
  • Paul is not interested in every aspect of the Demonic organizational chart, rather, he wants Believers in Christ to know the power and organization of the enemy so that "we are not ignorant of his designs" 2 Corinthians 2:11
  • Spiritual warfare - Paul mentions these weapons to help you battle: 
  • A spiritual stronghold is an idea, a thought process, a habit, or an addiction through which Satan his influence in your life. Declare war on the stronghold by substituting physical biblical truth, claiming the mind of Christ, using spiritual weapons, praying for the holy spirit's power and guidance, requesting others prayers and support, boldly making God's truth clear, and claiming the victory by faith
  • We can trust in God to save us from Satan's power because Jesus defeated Satan with the resurrection, Bible prophecy, and the Holy Spirit
  • Scriptures shows us that demonic activity will increase as we approach Christ Second Coming. We see the evidence in the world today with massive tragedies shootings and terrorist attacks. 2 Timothy 3:13
  • In the last days, as evil and deception become more and more commonplace, christ-followers must rely even more on God's word. It is the only way to tell the true from the false
  • Unknowingly, many people who are not followers of Jesus are under the control and influence of demons. They're not popular to admit in a sophisticated Society such as the United States, it is certainly true that the enemy is at work albeit covertly.
  • 1 John 4:1-3  we can test the spirits so that we are not influenced by faults teaching or other evil: (1) they should acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, was crucified and resurrected (2) do they teach that Jesus is fully God and fully man?
  • Jesus came to destroy Satan's work and, ultimately, Satan and his demons themselves. All those Satan is still the ruler of this world (see John 14:30 1 John 5:19) , he is already defeated because of Jesus' sacrifice. The Apostle John describe the eventual fate of Satan (and his demons with him) in Revelation 20:10. Satan's Doom is sealed
Psychological Warfare: The Battle for the Believer's Mind
Capture their minds, and their hearts and souls will follow. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Unanswered Lesson Two

Body of Proof

From the video:
  • We must recover a resurrection-Centric faith Acts 17:6, Romans 1:4
  • There is historical evidence 
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
  • Eyewitness testimony, all report the same thing 
  • Prophecy fulfilled.
  • For nearly four hundred years it was illegal to be a Christian 
  • In the first century world, women were not viewed as trustworthy, so they would have been considered unreliable first Witnesses of such a Monumental event.
  • The gospel writers did not make up the story out of thin air. If they had, they would not have used women as the most credible first witnesses to the empty tomb.
Evidence for Jesus' resurrection:
  • Story of the empty tomb found in all four Gospels
  • Women were the first Witnesses
  • Something incredible must have taken place on that Sunday to cause Jewish Believers to begin worshiping on the first day of the week instead of the Sabbath.
  • Nothing short of the miracle of Resurrection can explain the transformation in the disciples. After previously Running Scared they were willing to suffer persecution and martyrdom, in order to preach Jesus is the resurrected Lord.
  • Jesus predicted his death and Resurrection
The Importance of Predictions:
  • Jesus predicted his death and resurrection
  • Jesus' death and Resurrection defeated the ultimate enemies of all humans: sin and death
  • Jesus' death and Resurrection were a consummation of God's saving work, his redeeming work for all Humanity
  • The Risen Jesus told His disciples to go out and make disciples of the nations. Of all people. Not just Israel Acts 1:8
  • There were many post-resurrection appearances by Jesus
  • To guide someone to the truth you must be a great listener. You want to build the foundation of a trusting relationship through which you can show compassion and share biblical truth when the person is ready to hear it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Study

Unanswered. Lasting Truth for Trending Questions. By Jeremiah Johnston.

God on Mute

From the video:
  1. God's silence is real, Biblical, personal, common, and not always bad.
  2. When the silence is real, I should saturate myself in the Psalms.
  3. Silence should always lead me to the stones of remembrance.
  4. The Silence of God can lead us from transformation to Triumph.
  • God grows you in silence.
  • Pray that you can be thoughtful ambassadors for Jesus in your lives.
  • Abraham and Sarai's story, and that of Joseph, both illustrate God's silence.
  • God had much bigger and better plans for and through them than they could even "conceive."
  • We must have faith even during silence. God wants us to trust Him. To trust His way as well as His timing.
  • Sometimes God is silent as he prepares to bring you to a deeper understanding of himself. Sometimes His silence is designed to bring me into a state of absolute dependence on and trust in God.
  • God uses this time of waiting to prepare us to receive the plans and tasks He has for us. He is refining our character and forging stronger reliance on, and faith in Him so that we will be prepared for what He wants us to do.
  • When God is silent get away from the noise and spend some time alone with God, listening to Him through the word and prayer.
Acts 20 has 12 principles for continuing to live for God and serve him while undergoing trials or waiting for him to speak or act in our lives.
  1. Be an example. Our commitment to Christ is an example to others when we wait or suffer for him.
  2. Serve humbly. 
  3. Serve with Passion. Until people since the love of God in us, they will never respond to the love of God we describe.
  4. Be committed to the truth. Are we committed in whole, not in part, to the truth of God's word? We cannot pick and choose what we like about God's message and what we do not.
  5. Do not compromise. Our goal as the church is to make people true disciples who spiritual maturity is evident.
  6. Persevere. If we are going to be faithful to God even during His silence, we must learn how to persevere. Trials will come. Perseverance will energize us to transcend those trials.
  7. Be courageous in the face of adversity.
  8. Have the right attitude.
  9. Commit to finish strong. There are too many shooting star Christians. We must pray for greater resolve and long-term faithfulness to wait on the Lord and follow through with what He wants you to do.
  10. Be responsible; protect the Sheep under your care.
  11. Do not quit.
  12. Pray and love. This is the kind of love that needs to characterize our families and churches. Our pastors and our people should sense this kind of love. 17 times the New Testament instructs us to 'love one another" or "love each other."
Here are five important principles for engaging in a conversation about tough questions of faith.
  1. Shut up and listen
  2. Avoid Island fever
  3. Be cool
  4. Bay curious
  5. Don't go beast mode